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Independent Consultants' Network

"The ICN has proved an essential support to a new sole practitioner"- feedback from ICN member 

About the ICN:


The Independent Consultants' Network (ICN) is for chartered town planners who are sole practitioners or who run their own small practices (with other planners or related professionals).

Its purpose is to provide targeted information and resources, and provide a forum for independent consultants to discuss issues and share practice.

The Network's objectives are to:


Reflect the interests and concerns of independent consultants by providing a forum for them to discuss relevant issues 


Support and raise the profile of independent consultants 


Signpost independent consultants to training, events and other resources to help develop their knowledge and skills


Offer friendly contact and informal support to lone workers


For more information about the ICN, please contact the Network Manager

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The Online Hub

A web-based forum for discussion with ICN members.

Email Discussion Forum

Active forum for consultants to discuss issues, support and advise each other. To join email the network manager. Please read our protocol when you join.

ICN Database

Up-to-date database of members allows consultants to advertise the key elements of their business and view those of other ICN members. 

Meetings and Networking 

The RTPI is also willing to assist in the organisation of member initiatives for ICN meetings or networking opportunities. Please contact the network manager if you have any such suggestions. 

Additional wider-RTPI resources:


Blog: Starting your own Private Planning Practice 

Starting your own Private Practice

Promoting yourself: online directory of consultants 

NEW! RTPI ICN Survey 2016

 As a sole trader I spend more time on CPD than I did when I worked in a larger organisation- Starting your own Private Practice

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